Investment in research at the University of Guelph Celebrated by MP Longfield

August 15, 2018

Canada’s brightest minds collaborate on bold ideas for a better future

UOG ResearchMP Longfield joins University of Guelph VP Research Malcolm Campbell to congratulate researchers.

With bright people and collaboration, bold ideas can be realised. When researchers, academia, companies and other partners work together, they create jobs, support hands-on training and develop technologies and services to benefit all Canadians.

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, highlighted $1,056,211 through the Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG) for Networks and Projects as part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This investment of the more than $78 million in funding includes six networks and 80 projects from across the country that Minister Duncan announced in http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/FundingDecisions-DecisionsFinancement/2018/2017SPG-2017SPG_eng.asp.

Through this funding professors at the University of Guelph will be able to advance the science of today to provide research into agricultural advancements. Professor Roy Danzmann will advance the biotechnology of aquaculture by studying the thermal tolerance of rainbow trout in Ontario with his grant of $574,149. As well Professor Elizabeth Boulding will be researching the effects of parasite species on salmon and increase the sustainability of the species with her grant of $482,062.

These grants as well as those across Canada, will help bring together and support some of Canada’s brightest researchers to address challenges in areas including environment and agriculture, information and communications technologies, natural resources and energy, and advanced manufacturing. 

Also this week, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $378 million, to support 405 health research projects across the country. This investment in health research supports our economy and creates high quality middle class jobs. Health researchers and laboratories are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments and knowledge that form the cornerstone of health improvements for Canadians. MP Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor is pleased to announce that researchers at the University of Guelph have been successfully awarded $1,446,400 to advance health research.

The Canadian Institute of Health Research has awarded Professor Melissa Perrault $772,650 for the study of how hormonal differences between the sexes affects depression models, Professor David Wright has been awarded $573,750 for the study of how the negative effects of anti-psychotic medications can combatted to reduce physical side effects and Professor Rebecca Shapiro has been awarded $100,000 to study the effects of drug resistant pathogens. 

Melissa - UOGUniversity of Guelph Professor Melissa Perrault talking about the impact of her research project

Health researchers and laboratories are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments and knowledge that form the cornerstone of health improvements for Canadians. The Government of Canada is proud to support this important scientific research.

Quotes

“We continue our focus on science investments to inform our policy across all governmental ministries. I am thrilled to see the Government of Canada investing in the University of Guelph’s researchers and their evidence based research which continues to improve the lives of Canadians in so many ways.”

– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“I commend today’s recipients for the important work they are doing to contribute to a better future for Canada. We know that when we invest in science and research we are investing in Canadians. The bold ideas your innovative partnerships will generate will have an important impact on our economy, creating good jobs and unique training opportunities for scientists and engineers across the country.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“Health research is making a real difference in the lives of Canadians affected by disease. We are proud to make this significant investment. It will allow dedicated researchers to advance the science that will benefit entire population.”

-The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health 

“This is a fantastic investment from the federal government that speaks to the breadth and depth of our research excellence and our capacity to improve life. These talented researchers are leading collaborations that will create breakthroughs and new understanding in fundamental biology, in physical and mental health, in adaptation to climate change, and in sustaining the environment and food production.”

-Malcolm Campbell, Vice President Research, University of Guelph

About NSERC

NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

Quick facts NSERC

  • The total funding for the six networks is $33 million.
  • Total funding for the 80 projects is just over $45 million.
  • NSERC conducts extensive evaluations to ensure that these projects remain relevant for Canada. An extensive network of peer reviewers meets annually to select the winners for each competition

Quick facts the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):

  • The projects receiving funding are supported by two programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):
  • Through the Foundation Grant competition, CIHR has invested $101.1M to provide 36 research grants to support established research leaders build and conduct programs of health research.
  • Through the Project Grant competition, CIHR has invested $277M to provide 369 research grants to support researchers at various stages in their careers as they conduct health research that covers the full range of health research topics
  • Eighty-two of the grants were awarded to early career researchers (those within the first five years of their first academic appointment).
  • Eleven of the grants funded are focused on Indigenous health research.

Contact:

Lianne Cassidy
Office of MP Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
519-837-8276
Lloyd.longfield.c1@parl.gc.ca